Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Theory)

Course 095-ST (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Graduate Enquiries, Arts & Music Student Centre Rm 104 (Ground Floor) Old Arts Building Tel: +61 3 8344 5321/+61 3 8344 6395 Fax: +61 3 9347 0424 Email:
Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of social theory and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in social theory.

Course coordinator:
Dr John Rundell
School of Social and Environmental Enquiry


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • acquire knowledge of the background necessary to proceed to research work in social theory;
  • develop an ability to proceed to original work in the subject;
  • acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to masters level work in social theory.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words
  • At least two core subjects in Social Theory
  • Up to three elective subjects
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Thesis subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Core subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2008
Students wishing to take an elective subject other than those listed above must consult the Social Theory 4th year coordinator.
Entry Requirements: 1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria -

• an undergraduate degree with at least 50 credit points at second or third year level in a cognate discipline with a grade average of at least H2B (70%) in these subjects , or equivalent; or
• a Graduate Diploma in a relevant area of study with a grade average of at least H2B, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee
reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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